Essayists Needed for “Democracy Evolved: The Future of American Elections” -Deadline Nov. 20

The University of Idaho College of Law ​Idaho Law Review ​ is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for a special symposium volume entitled “Democracy Evolved: The Future of American Elections.” 

Select essays from this symposium volume will be presented at a symposium conference co-sponsored by the ​Idaho Law Review ​ and the University of Idaho’s James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research.

We invite submissions in the form of a short essay, 5 to 15 manuscript pages in length, that engage the following thought-experiment. 

In 1870, the 15th Amendment was ratified, formally prohibiting vote denial on the basis of race. In 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, prohibiting vote denial on the basis of sex. In the 1960s, the Supreme Court established the one-person-one-vote-principle and Congress enacted the Voting Rights Act. In 2000, the Supreme Court decided the presidential election in Bush v. Gore. In 2016, the country experienced one of the most controversial and polarizing elections in modern history. On the eve of the 2020 election, we examine American democracy and ask: where are we now, and where might we be – 4 years, 20 years, 50 years, 100 years, or even 150 years from now?

Your submission can focus on any aspect of the American electoral system and adopt any time horizon. Our goal is to facilitate a robust discussion addressing a range of issues concerning national, state, and local elections and reflecting a diversity of viewpoints from across the political and ideological spectrum. We encourage authors to “think big” and offer bold new visions of electoral rules and institutions that illuminate the national debate at this critical moment in the evolution of American democracy.

We plan to publish a rich collection of essays in our symposium volume and invite some authors to present their essays at the symposium conference on Friday, April 3, 2020 at the Idaho State Capitol in Boise, Idaho.

If you are interested in participating, please submit a one-page abstract of your proposed essay to Sydney Sears, Chief Symposium Editor, ​​, and Audrey Thorne, Symposium Editor, ​  as soon as possible, but no later than November 20, 2019. 

National Conference of Bar Examiners Survey – Closes Sept. 30

Help Shape the Next Generation of the Bar Examination

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is asking lawyers nationwide to take part in a practice analysis survey. You can participate in this important study of the legal profession by setting aside 20 minutes to answer the survey at

The survey is designed to collect information on the work that newly licensed lawyers perform; the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to competently perform that work; and the technology used in law practice. The results will provide a comprehensive picture of the core responsibilities of lawyers in their first three years of practice, and will be used by NCBE’s Testing Task Force as it considers what should be tested on the next generation of the bar exam. NCBE will publish a report of the survey results early next year.

Don’t wait—answer the survey today and provide your perspective on the work of newly licensed lawyers in your state! Please help us spread the word by forwarding this email to other attorneys and encouraging them to participate, too.  Thank you!

Representing a Client in a Defense of Guardianship Case (Webinar) – September 10

Presented by the National Center on Law & Elder Rights

September 10, 2019

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (MDT)

Live Webinar via GoToWebinar via the NCLER

Lawyers serve an essential role in protecting the due process rights of every defendant or respondent in an adult guardianship case. This can include presenting evidence that no guardian is needed or that a limited guardianship is sufficient to provide the protections that are needed. This webcast will focus on the role of an attorney who represents the interests and wishes of a client who is the subject of a guardianship action.

Presenters will share:

• How to protect the client’s due process rights;

• Options for when a guardian / conservator is not needed;

• How to respond when the filing asks for more protection than is needed; and

• Actions to take when a guardianship order is no longer needed, or a less restrictive order will protect the client.

This training will explore common due process concerns and substantive defenses in adult guardianship cases. Presenters will discuss how to develop and present evidence advocating for the least restrictive alternatives in an adult guardianship case.

Previous NCLER trainings on this topic can be found here.

Closed captioning will be available on this webcast. A link with access to the captions will be shared through GoToWebinar’s chat box shortly before the webcast start time.


• David Godfrey, Senior Attorney, ABA Commission on Law and Aging

• Catherine Seal, Senior Partner, Kirtland & Seal, L.L.C.

For more information, including registration, click HERE.

6th District Bar and Court Reception with the Idaho Supreme Court (Pocatello) – September 10

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

6:00 P.M. (MT)

Rosewood Reception Center

1499 Bannock Hwy, Pocatello, ID 83204

The Sixth District Bar Association jointly with the Sixth District Court are hosting the Idaho Supreme Court for an evening reception. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from and mingle with our Idaho Supreme Court Justices.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The event is free of charge.

Please RSVP to by Friday September 6, 2019

Idaho Criminal Rule 4 Amendment – Telephonic Arrest Warrants

The Idaho Supreme Court has amended Idaho Criminal Rule 4 to allow an application for an arrest warrant by telephone or other electronic means similar to the process set out in I.C.R. 41 for search warrants.  The rule was effective immediately when signed on August 23, 2019, so the rule has already been updated and can be found on the Court’s website at

Ninth Circuit Seeks Candidates for the Appellate Lawyer Representative for the District of Idaho

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit is seeking applicants from among the federal appellate bar to serve as Appellate Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. Those selected will serve three year terms commencing October 1, 2019, during which they will participate in meetings throughout the circuit, coordinate activities with District Lawyer Representatives, and attend and participate in the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, an annual gathering of federal judges, attorneys, agency representatives and court staff. This is a hard-working committee, so familiarity with this court’s rules of practice and the ability to serve on one or more sub-committees will be important.

The candidate selected would replace Christine Salmi, whose current three-year term ends in 2019.

More information is available here.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume by email to Molly C. Dwyer, Clerk of the Court at

Applications are due by September 6, 2019.